Hartselle Police Officer recovering from skull fracture
HARTSELLE, Ala. (WAFF) - A Hartselle Police Officer is in Huntsville Hospital on Friday after suffering a head injury while on duty.
Around 2:45 a.m. on July 15, the officer was patrolling a church that had been burglarized earlier this week, according to Hartselle Police Lt. Alan McDearmond.
McDearmond said officer Lynn Dean’s body camera showed an encounter with a dog on the church’s property. Investigators do not know if the dog attacked or tripped the officer.
Dean sustained a serious skull fracture after falling to the ground. Lt. McDearmond also said the Dean was out of view of his car camera at the time of the fall.
On July 16, the Hartselle Police Department released an update on the injured officer. In a Facebook post, HPD says that a CT scan shows the brain bleed resolving as doctors had hoped. According to HPD the plan is to have him transferred to a step-down room on July 16 and have him home for recovery in a few days.
Only July 18, Investigator Sheffield arrested Erin Deshonna Garrison for third-degree burglary. The arrest came after members of the Tunsel Road Baptist Church reported that their church had been burglarized. Investigator Sheffield and the Dean believed Garrison to be the suspect.
Garrison was questioned before being arrested and booked into the Morgan County Jail with a $2,500 bond.
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